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by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Manx Liberty Masters
Replies: 8
Views: 378

Re: Manx Liberty Masters

The slightly controversial question I had was whether it is common for the organiser to play in an event like this (the usual reason against is that the organiser is too busy running around organising to play, though I am sure there are some relatively famous examples from chess history)? Matthew C...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

There have been suggestions in the past that the ECF should try and separate out their main areas; international, home (amateur) and junior - you could now add women as a separate category and of course there would be overlaps. Some of the advantages are obvious; it would free those wanting to focu...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

A decent chunk of the extra money was earmarked for expenditure on women's chess and this is highlighted in Chris Fegan's election address: " A huge increase in the ECF Budget for Women’s Chess-it was £5000 per annum when I took over and the 2021/22 Budget is expected to be £20,000. " It's fair to ...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

In the debates around the 2015 elections the late Martin Regan, reflecting on his stint as Chief Executive, said that his approach was to ask as many players as possible what they wanted from the ECF. He would then tell them how much it would cost and the board would take it from there. There was a...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 2021 and European Women's Club Cup 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: European Club Cup 2021 and European Women's Club Cup 2021

J T Melsom wrote:
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:50 pm
This may be the first such event with two former Wycombe and Hazlemere club members playing in Sam Walker and Steve Dishman.
Steve Dishman's son is playing as well under LUX. He may have been too young to ever play for Wycombe when they lived in the UK.
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

How many chess players in the UK had lifetime gains of £30k+ at her age? Would that be gross or net? Tennis can be an expensive sport, more expensive than chess certainly. Back in the 1970s and 1980s it had been possible for young players to earn their living almost exclusively from playing in a wa...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

How much does the ECF make from interest on its investments? The ECF itself has barely enough money to get from one year to the next. Hence the various discussions about a minimum level of reserves, £ 100,000 is often quoted as necessary. It spends that much and more over a year's activity. The var...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

I did not know John Robinson personally, but happy to hear from Alex he thinks that charity is operating as he would have liked since that seems right and proper. The will stipulated that £ 10,000 a year (or was it at least £ 10,000 a year?) should be put into the British Championship Congress. I c...
by Roger de Coverly
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

My understanding was that it was left for "chess", but it was quickly hijacked by a small group who insisted it should be used just for junior chess What did happen was that it was noted that if the money was put into a charity, there would be more of it because of savings on inheritance tax. The d...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chief Executive 2021
Replies: 93
Views: 4405

Re: Chief Executive 2021

John Reyes wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:12 pm
Can i asked what would happen to the Pif funds when it is spend if development officers was picked
As supermarkets sometimes say "when it's gone, it's gone".
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 144
Views: 12413

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

If she only played 59 men by 1968, (including 28 in a simul), the suggestion that she never played men is fairly (but not totally) accurate. Hastings followed by a tournament in Iceland seem on the face of it her first recorded games against male players. That's not to say she didn't play simuls ag...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nominations 2021
Replies: 253
Views: 12780

Re: Nominations 2021

Mike is willing to get into fights to protect the ECF Academy. I would not want the ECF to have an FIDE Academy at all. I would want other organisations to run Academies, but give endorsements and use selection policy to favour the ones that share ECF objectives. FIDE Academies does seem something ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 144
Views: 12413

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:45 pm
BBC now has it
That has exactly the same inaccuracies as the Mail report. Presumably both are copied from the same source.
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 144
Views: 12413

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Who's heard of Rudolf Servaty ? The court papers say he was either a highly ranked player or a grandmaster. He wasn't the latter. Perhaps he was of a comparable standard to Mardle, N. Littlewood, Lee and Hindle, all of whom the court papers say were also highly ranked players. I played and lost to ...
by Roger de Coverly
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 144
Views: 12413

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

By contrast Nona Gaprindashvilli would have been a contemporary of Beth Harmon and referencing her in context was a bit jarring. It's a poor reflection on Netflix that they can't just remove the line. By and large the Soviet women of that era didn't play men in tournaments. Nona was an exception by...